April 13, 2011
Houston - Rice University head women's basketball coach Greg Williams has announced the signing of Reem Moussa, from Coppell, Texas, and Christal Porter of Germantown, Tenn., to National Letters of Intent to attend Rice and play basketball for the Owls beginning in the fall of 2011.
Moussa, an Egyptian national who has spent the past three years attending Coppell H.S., is a 5' 5" point guard who has been a member of the U19 Egyptian National Team since 2009. She will be competing with the team this summer in July as it participates in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chilé. The squad won the African championship as Moussa received the best point guard in Africa accolade.
"Reem is an up-tempo point guard who sees the floor very well, but can also score," states Williams. "She has excellent defensive anticipation and plays hard on the defensive end."
At Coppell, Moussa received all-tournament distinction at the Collin County Roundball Classic for head coach Jerry Hoffman. She tallied 15 points vs. McKinney HS and scored a game-high 16 points in the contest against Allen HS. Reem averaged 10.2 points per game her senior year as well as 6.7 assists per game, while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line, 44 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range.
She led Coppell to a 26-9 overall record as the team made the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Coppell also was the bi-district runner-up, while Moussa earned all-district. Reem is the daughter of Hesham Moussa and Hanaa Mohamed.
Porter, is a 6' 1" post player for Germantown HS just outside Memphis, Tenn. As a senior, she nearly averaged a double-double at 9.1 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game as well. Porter posted six double-doubles on the season and she reached double-digit rebounds in 19 games. She scored a season-high 22 points vs. Bolton HS and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds vs. Southwind. Porter also served as team captain her senior year and was named the team's MVP. Porter was a first team all-district pick in 2011 and TSAAA All-Tournament for 2010 and 2011.
"Christal is a strong and athletic post player who we are excited to sign in the late period as there are not many posts still available at that position," comments Williams. "She's an outstanding rebounder, good shot blocker, and runs the floor well. Christal is mobile and can score around the basket as well as shoot facing. She brings a physical presence inside that we were looking to add to offset the graduation of All-C-USA third-team Morgan Mayse and key sub Megan Elliott."
Germantown finished the 2011 season with an 18-12 mark and advanced to the fourth round of the state playoffs under head coach Kristin Reich. Christal is the daughter of Michael Porter and Cindi Quarles.
The duo join Maya Adeutla from Mansfield, Texas, and Mansfield HS, Megan Shafer from The Woodlands (College Park HS), and Nikki Maduka, of Arlington, Texas and Martin HS, as part of Rice's five-person freshman class.